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Middlebury Special Collections

With a history spanning across more than two centuries, Middlebury College is a unique institution, among the most highly regarded liberal arts colleges, with a reach extending from our main campus in Vermont's Champlain Valley to specialized and graduate programs located around the world.

Special Collections at the Middlebury College Library serves as a research laboratory for both the Middlebury community and independent scholars.  We welcome researchers to explore our collections of rare books, archives, manuscripts, photographs, audio and video recordings, and other rare and unique materials that tell the story of our collective past.

Our collections are broad in scope and cover a variety of media and realia.  As part of our firm commitment to open research and scholarship, we are dedicated to sharing digitized and born-digital archival materials in our collections to whatever extent practicable, and are excited to present these items from our collections via the Internet Archive.

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Middlebury College Archival Images
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Physics students performing an experiment in the lab
Topics: Faculty & students, Physics, Academics
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb03-16-1949-15p
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Varsity football player Dave Thompson crouching in position during a training session
Topics: Football, Thompson, Dave, College sports
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb01-07-1948-01n
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Three members of the Summer and Smoke play posing for a picture - Drama Department
Topics: Faculty & students, Drama, Academics
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb03-06-1953-01np
Writers' Conference Director Theodore Morrison, Kay Morrison and Robert Frost outside on Bread Loaf campus, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, August 1955.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Morrison, Theodore, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1955-08np
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Two female chemistry students working with lab equipment
Topics: Faculty & students, Chemistry, Academics
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb03-04-1949-01np
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Three students using a telescope for a physics class outside of Warner Hall
Topics: Faculty & students, Warner Hall, Academics
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb03-16-1949-04np
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Members of the Varsity football team recieve cordial advice from their coach during a brief training review
Topics: Football, Varsity, College sports
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb01-07-1948-07np
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A male and a female student using a piece of equipment in the physics lab
Topics: Faculty & students, Physics, Academics
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb03-16-1949-09np
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Can-Can at Chateau Mi-Careme Party This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Dance, Folk dancing, Freeman, Stephen A. 1898-1999
Source: a6pf.freeman.1947.39
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Winter Carnival King and Queen pose for a photograph. This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Student activities, Dance, Winter festivals
Source: s6pf.wintercarnival.kingqueen.1949
Mailed from Brandon, Vermont, to Mrs. A.L. Hennessy, Stamford, Connecticut. The Rutland Railroad bridge, also known as the East Shoreham Covered Railroad Bridge, crosses the Lemon Fair River and was built in 1897 on the Addison Branch of the Rutland Railroad This is a scanned copy of the original postcard at Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives, Middlebury, VT.
Topics: Covered bridges, East Shoreham, Postcards
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A group of students in class in a geography classroom
Topics: Faculty & students, Geography, Academics
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb03-10-1955-04np
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Members of the football team instructing Peewee football players on how to hike a ball
Topics: Lacrosse, Peewee, College sports
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb01-07-1954-02np
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Can-Can at Chateau Mi-Careme Party This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Dance, Folk dancing, Freeman, Stephen A. 1898-1999
Source: a6pf.freeman.1950.03
Middlebury College Archival Images
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Floor Show at Chateau Mi-Careme Party This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Dance, Folk dancing, Freeman, Stephen A. 1898-1999
Source: a6pf.freeman.1945.12
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Students pose for a picture prior to the Winter Carnival Sleigh Ride. Photo taken for the Saturday Evening Post. This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Saturday Evening Post, Student life, Winter festivals
Source: s6pf.wc.sleighride.1947
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Dancing at the French Department Mi-Careme Party This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Dance, Folk dancing, Freeman, Stephen A. 1898-1999
Source: a6pf.freeman.1953.02
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Can-Can at Chateau Mi-Careme Party This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Dance, Folk dancing, Freeman, Stephen A. 1898-1999
Source: a6pf.freeman.1946.05
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Biology students diligently working in pairs on an assignment in a biology classroom
Topics: Faculty & students, Biology, Academics
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb03-02-1949-01np
Writers' Conference faculty members Fletcher Pratt (left), Inga Pratt and Director Theodore Morrison outside the Little Theatre on Bread Loaf campus, August 1950.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Pratt, Fletcher, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1950-08n
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ROTC military band marching during annual spring review
Topics: ROTC, Marching, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb03-22-1954-01np
A male and a female student perform an electricity and magnnetism experiment in a physics lab
Topics: Faculty & students, Physics, Academics
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb03-16-1949-13np
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A member of the Varsity football team attempting to put on a helmet and still looking confusing
Topics: Football, Varsity, College sports
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb01-07-1948-27p
Mailed from Bethel, Vermont, to Mr. & Mrs. Everett Thiele, Roslyn Heights, New York. Centre Congregational Church, with "Centre Church" on plaque on building, with several parking meters on street in front, Brattleboro, Vermont. This is a scanned copy of the original postcard at Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives, Middlebury, VT.
Topics: Congregational churches, Brattleboro, Postcards
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Scene from the play Bus Stop - Drama Department
Topics: Faculty & students, Drama, Academics
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb03-06-1959-04np
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Can-Can at Chateau Mi-Careme Party This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Dance, Folk dancing, Freeman, Stephen A. 1898-1999
Source: a6pf.freeman.1954.13
25 x 20 cm b&w photograph I.5, Box 4, Folder 05-161 Reading from left to right, upper row step: Dr. Woodworth, Wallace; Olney, Marguerite; Professor Ballantine, Edward; Moses, Johnathan, singer; bottom step, Davis, Asa, singer; Granny, Fish, singer; Flanders, Hartness Helen, and Dr. Leichtentritt This is a scanned version of the original image in the Helen Hartness Flanders Collection, Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives, Middlebury, VT.
Topics: Group photos, Harvard (Mass.), Photographs
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Varsity football captain Rathburn practicing throwing the football on the football field
Topics: Football, Varsity, College sports
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb01-07-1952-98p
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Dancing at the French Department Mi-Careme Party This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Dance, Folk dancing, Freeman, Stephen A. 1898-1999
Source: a6pf.freeman.1953.01
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Lacrosse players Barton and Kelly posing for a picture
Topics: Lacrosse, Barton, College sports
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb01-10-1951-02np
Vermont Railroads Collection
by Howard Towsley
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Rutland Railroad locomotive 106 on turntable in front of the roundhouse at the Rutland yard, Vermont, with a workman coming out of a small shed.
Topics: Locomotives, Vermont, Rutland, Railroads, Yards, Locomotives
Source: Gift of Steven Mumley
Writers' Conference faculty member John Ciardi, Director Theodore Morrison, Robert Frost and Kay Morrison outside on Bread Loaf campus, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, August 1955.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Ciardi, John, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1955-06np
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Tennis players practicing on the tennis courts near Mead Chapel
Topics: Tennis, Mead Chapel, College sports
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb01-17-1959-02np
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Professor Rowland J. Illick teaching a class of students in a geography classroom
Topics: Faculty & students, J. Illick, Rowland, Academics
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb03-10-1955-10np
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Floor Show at Chateau Mi-Careme Party This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Dance, Folk dancing, Freeman, Stephen A. 1898-1999
Source: a6pf.freeman.1947.31
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Can-Can at Chateau Mi-Careme Party This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Dance, Folk dancing, Freeman, Stephen A. 1898-1999
Source: a6pf.freeman.1950.02
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Can-Can at Chateau Mi-Careme Party This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Dance, Folk dancing, Freeman, Stephen A. 1898-1999
Source: a6pf.freeman.1954.11
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Folk dancing at the Middlebury College German Summer Language School This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Dance, Folk dancing, German School
Source: a6pf.germanschool.dances.1948.21
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Coach "Duke" Nelson and another football Coach posing for a photo
Topics: Football, Nelson, Duke, College sports
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb01-07-1948-30p
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Folk dancing at the Middlebury College German Summer Language School This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Dance, Folk dancing, German School
Source: a6pf.germanschool.dances.1948.26
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Students posing for a picture on a sleigh. This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Student activities, Winter sports, Sleighing
Source: s6pf.sleighride.1947.01
Writers' Conference Director Theodore Morrison (left), Kay Morrison and Robert Frost on Bread Loaf campus, 1948.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Morrison, Theodore, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1948-12n
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Can-Can at Chateau Mi-Careme Party This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Dance, Folk dancing, Freeman, Stephen A. 1898-1999
Source: a6pf.freeman.1946.04
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Floor Show at Chateau Mi-Careme Party This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Dance, Folk dancing, Freeman, Stephen A. 1898-1999
Source: a6pf.freeman.1947.40
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Students practicing French in a phonetic laboratory while Professor Marty watches
Topics: Faculty & students, Marty, Academics
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb03-09-1953-01np
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Two Tennis players practicing on the tennis courts near Mead Chapel
Topics: Tennis, Mead Chapel, College sports
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb01-17-1959-01np
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Mailed from Randolph, Vermont, to Mrs. Alden M. Drake, West Hartford, Connecticut. Floating bridge spanning Sunset Lake, with man in boat, church and other buildings visible on opposite shore, Brookfield, Vermont. This is a scanned copy of the original postcard at Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives, Middlebury, VT.
Topics: Pontoon bridges, Brookfield, Postcards
Writers' Conference Director John Ciardi (left) with Assistant Director Paul Cubeta, August 1959.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Ciardi, John, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1959-43n
Writers' Conference faculty member [Jessamyn West] in the Little Theatre on Bread Loaf campus, August 1952. Faculty member Rachel McKenzie is seated on the right.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, West, Jessamyn, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1952-11n
School of English faculty member Erie Volkert teaching a class in the Little Theatre on Bread Loaf campus, summer 1955.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Volkert, Erie, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb08-1955-17n
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Students sit for final exams in Nelson Arena This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Classrooms, Academics, Exams
Source: f4pf.exams.1953.01
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A member of the football team practicing kicking during a training session
Topics: Football, Varsity, College sports
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb01-07-1949-162p
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Parking lot and front trails at the Snow Bowl (Neil Starr Shelter) This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: College buildings, Snow Bowl, Skiing
Source: a12pf.snowbowl.1954.01
Writers' Conference Assistant Director Paul Cubeta, Director John Ciardi and faculty member William Sloane outside on Bread Loaf campus, August 1956.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Cubeta, Paul, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1956-19np
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A member of the football team running down the field with the ball during practice
Topics: Football, Varsity, College sports
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb01-07-1949-24np
The kitchen on Bread Loaf campus during Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, August 1947.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Kitchens, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1947-03n
Coach Dick Ciccolella outside at Middlebury College with two players [unknown], spring 1950.
Topics: Baseball, Ciccolella, Dick, College sports
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb01-01-1950-09n
Baseball players Robert Stalker, left, and Captain John Mulcahy, right, posed outside on the field at Middlebury College, spring 1950.
Topics: Baseball, Stalker, Robert, College sports
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb01-01-1950-04np
Writers' Conference Director Theodore Morrison with Kay Morrison outside on Bread Loaf campus, August 1949.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Morrison, Theodore, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1949-07np
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25.5 20.5 cm b&w photograph I.5, Box 4, Folder 05-162 In the photograph: Upper row: Spwacke, Harold (Director of the Music Division of the Library of Congress); Flanders, Hartness Helen; Dr. Emerick, Dumcan (Director of American Folk music); lower row (left to right): Finnemore, Charles; George, Elmer; Davis, Asa This is a scanned version of the original image in the Helen Hartness Flanders Collection, Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives, Middlebury, VT.
Topics: Upper Row: Spivicke, Harold (Director of the Music Division of the Library of Congress), Flanders,...
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Professor Marty in a French Phonetic Laboratory
Topics: Faculty & students, French, Academics
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb03-09-1955-05np
Writers' Conference faculty member Mark Saxton (middle) and Director Theodore Morrison outside on Bread Loaf campus with two participants, August 1950.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Saxton, Mark, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1950-06n
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Mailed from Enfield, New Hampshire, to Miss Bertha Kimball, Boscawen, New Hampshire. The Common, intersecting roads, buildings lining park, Essex Junction, Vermont. This is a scanned copy of the original postcard at Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives, Middlebury, VT.
Topics: Essex Junction (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Projector and sound equipment used for French in a phonetic laboratory
Topics: Faculty & students, French, Academics
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb03-09-1955-02np
The benefit performance or Societe des Varietes at the Middlebury College Summer French School. This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Dance, Folk dancing, Freeman, Stephen A. 1898-1999
Source: a6pf.freeman.1949.41
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Floor Show at Chateau Mi-Careme Party This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Dance, Folk dancing, Freeman, Stephen A. 1898-1999
Source: a6pf.freeman.1947.32
Robert Frost and Bread Loaf Writers' Conference students outside on Bread Loaf campus, August 1952.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Frost, Robert, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1952-08n
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Fire at the College Playhouse This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: College buildings, Fires, College Playhouse
Source: a12pf.playhouse.1954.01
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Fire at the College Playhouse This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: College buildings, Fires, College Playhouse
Source: a12pf.playhouse.1954.03
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Folk dancing at the Middlebury College German Summer Language School This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Dance, Folk dancing, German School
Source: a6pf.germanschool.dances.1948.25
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Boite de Nuit at Middlebury College French Summer School This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Dance, Folk dancing, Freeman, Stephen A. 1898-1999
Source: a6pf.freeman.1946.39
Writers' Conference participants play croquet on the West Lawn of Bread Loaf campus, August 1956.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, West Lawn of Bread Loaf, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1956-33n
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20.5 x 25.5 cm b&w photograph I.5, Box 3, Folder 02-114 Portrait of Ralph Flanders, husband of Mrs. Helen Hartness Flanders This is a scanned version of the original image in the Helen Hartness Flanders Collection, Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives, Middlebury, VT.
Topics: Flanders, Ralph, Unknown location, Photographs
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Folk dancing at the Middlebury College German Summer Language School This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Dance, Folk dancing, German School
Source: a6pf.germanschool.dances.1948.23
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12.5 x 17.5 cm b&w negative transparency I.5, Box 4, Folder 13-319 Photograph of the lyrics of a patriotic song This is a scanned version of the original image in the Helen Hartness Flanders Collection, Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives, Middlebury, VT.
Topics: Song lyrics, Unknown location, Photographs